Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Bolton
Designation: Architect
Born: 1 August 1910
Died: 20 December 1956
Bio Notes: John Bolton was born on 1 August 1910, th son of Peter Walker Bolton, marine engineer and his wife, Jeannie Crawford Brown. From 1928 to 1933 he studied architecture part time at the Glasgow School of Art while at the same time serving his articles with Stewart Tough & Alexander in Greenock. During his period of study he was awarded a bronze medal for excellence. After the completion of his articles he remained as assistant with Stewart Tough & Alexander for a further three years.

In 1936 he took a post in the Housing Department of Greenock Corporation. In the years 1937 and 1938 he spent some time in Paris and Versailles, although in his Nomination Paper for membership to the RIBA he does not specify the details of these trips. In 1938 he moved to London where he secured a post in the Chief Architect's Division of HM Office of Works, based in Westminster. In 1941 he returned to Scotland where he joined the Chief Surveyor's Department at the Royal Ordnance Factory in Bishopton. After this he spent a year, 1942-43 in the Burgh Surveyor's Department in Port Glasgow and 1943-44 in the Burgh Surveyor's Department in Clydebank. It is not clear where he worked from 1944 to 1947 but early in the latter year he commenced work on his own account. However by the time of his election to membership of the RIBA, proposed by JAck Coia, B N Malcolm and Joseph Weekes in October 1947 he was chief assistant in the office of Gillespie Kidd & Coia.

At the time of his election he states that he had worked on GPOs, a bank, blocks of flats, housing schemes (private and local authority), halls, a masonic temple, shops, licensed premises, the Royal Ordnance Factory, a commercial garage and private dwellings.

In 1950 he was living in Greenock.

He died in Greenock of heart failure on 20 December 1956. He was survived by his wife, Elizabeth Bain Templeton.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Hempwood, Lochview Road, Greenock, Renfrewshire, ScotlandPrivate1947 *  
Item 2 of 233, Hamilton Street, Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland 1950 *1955 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 8Stewart, Tough & Alexander12 March 192830 March 1933Apprentice 
Item 2 of 8Stewart, Tough & Alexander19331936Assistant 
Item 3 of 8Greenock Corporation19361938AssistantIn the housing department
Item 4 of 8H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)19381941AssistantChief Architect's Division
Item 5 of 8Royal Ordnance Factory, Chief Surveyor's Department19411942Assistant 
Item 6 of 8Port Glasgow Burgh Surveyor's Department19421943Assistant 
Item 7 of 8Clydebank Burgh Surveyor's Department19431944Assistant 
Item 8 of 8Gillespie Kidd & Coia1947 Chief Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Jack Antonio Coia14 October 1947For Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3B___N___ Malcolm14 October 1947For Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Joseph Weekes14 October 1947For Licentiateship

Buildings and Designs

This architect was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):
 Date startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 21955Confectionery Factory, South StreetGreenock RenfrewshireScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 2 of 21955Premises of Services Garage Ltd, Union StreetGreenock InverlcydeScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder11 February 1955  p276
Item 2 of 2Builder18 February 1955  p316

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no 6150 (Combined Box 122)